OMAD: One Meal A Day. Good for you?
Since KETO diet is not enough to break the scenes with new eating trends, here comes the latest: OMAD: stands for One Meal A Day.
You will hear various opinions about a diet which consists solely of one meal a day. From one side you will hear that this is not a healthy approach to weight loss, since you are supposed to eat more regularly to keep your metabolism going strong. On the other hand, you will find those who will state that one meal a day is a good weight loss alternative, since it is a means to ensure that you are not getting excess fat in your body.
The OMAD diet, allows people to reduce their weight via intermittent fasting. In this diet, people would normally consume their dinner, with no other additional calories during the day. This means that you will only eat one meal every twenty-four hours! You will also need to avoid any drinks or snacks during the other twenty-three hours.Th trick is, no calorie intake unless during your One Meal.
Although it may be a great way to lose weight quick, the associated risks with such a diet may prove too detrimental.
This diet comes with a variety of different opinions with regards to the guidelines of what you can eat during this one hour. Some argue that you will need to eat healthy food, whilst others state that you can eat practically anything you want.
The diet is not complicated since you do not need to count calories and essentially there is nothing really which you cannot eat. Most studies in relation to intermittent fasting have been done on men, so the potential impacts and adverse effects are not well known amongst women. Due to hormonal cycles and different nutrition requirements, certain criteria may not be reached when fasting intermittently.
Apart from the weight loss benefits, this type of diet reduces blood sugar levels and may positively impact the eating and sleeping habits of people who are obese.
With that said, there are several disadvantages which are part and parcel with an OMAD diet. Such include general weakness, exhaustion and inability to think and concentrate. These may also be followed by anger and frustration.
There are also various risks for people with diabetes or low blood sugar, as they need to eat regular meals throughout the day. One particular research study associated the OMAD diet with the increase of bad cholesterol which may bring about serious illnesses such as heart attacks and stroke.
The OMAD diet can bring about binge eating disorder, where people indulge in a lot of food, even when they are full, to compensate for the twenty-three hours of fasting.
With the associated risks of fainting or not providing sufficient nourishment to your body, there are better alternatives to losing weight. Physical exercise brings to the fore more benefits and will help you lose weight in a healthier way.
While the one meal a day diet may be appealing to people looking for quick weight loss solutions, there are other, less extreme ways to lose weight safely and healthily.